Securing your business is one of the most important steps anyone can take. You work hard to obtain necessary data, stock, product and so on and you don’t want to lose it through criminal activity. While this shouldn’t be about blaming yourself for any theft that could occur, that shouldn’t negate wanting to reduce the chances of security breaches occurring. You lock your doors, close windows, install anti-viruses and so on everyday. Protecting your business must be viewed in a similar fashion, except the stakes are higher since you have clients’ interests to contend with, too. Of course, having security is one thing. The question is when do you upgrade?
Why you need security
To even think about why you need to upgrade security, you should consider the purpose of security in the first place. Locked doors and windows are not sufficient when thinking about the breadth and depth of security. In the modern workplace, you must also think digitally.
Indeed, data breaches have been in the headlines when big companies couldn’t prevent them. This has resulted in enormous amounts of private, sensitive information being leaked: everything from personal details to compromising photos of celebrities.
As CIO.com pointed out already in 2014:
“Despite years of headline stories about security leaks and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and repeated admonishments from security professionals that businesses (and individuals) needed to do a better job protecting sensitive data, many businesses are still unprepared or not properly protected from a variety of security threats.”
They refer to a 2014 report, “which surveyed 476 IT professionals about security weaknesses, a majority of businesses had no or only a partial system in place for controlling and tracking sensitive data.”
So how much has changed? Unfortunately not much. This year saw major breaches from Yahoo, for example. There was even a widespread DDoS attack in October that took out large parts of American companies’ internet. As the Guardian notes: “if those reports are true, that would make the 21 October attack roughly twice as powerful as any similar attack on record.”
Of course the internet isn’t the only way to become a victim of security breaches. Taking all this into account, you can see that the answer to “When is it necessary to upgrade business security?” is right now.
Upgrades to consider
Mobile devices are increasingly everywhere, with everyone using phones and laptops, especially in the business world. The problem with mobile devices is that this means higher possibilities of security breaches. Therefore, you should consider your policies in terms of what devices are allowed in to your building and who has access to your networks.
Another more tangible intervention should require more security technology. For example, a video wall controller helps keep tabs on a wider area, in a central location. This makes for a very convenient responsive form of security. Naturally, this also means you should install cameras and other relevant devices. Cameras can also record any suspicious activity occurring in your office. As Digital Guardian notes:
“The risk of insider threats compared to outsider threats is an ongoing debate, though more companies are taking notice of the risks that insiders can pose to the company’s data security today than in the past. Historically, the data breaches that make the news are typically carried out by outsiders. While these breaches can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars (often millions more), outsider threats are generally the threats that have been addressed with traditional security measures. It’s the threats that originate from inside that are much more difficult to prevent and detect using one-size-fits-all security measures.”
To prevent insider threats is hard work, but possible. You must ensure you have restricted access to various parts of your servers and files. While this might slow down some aspect of production, it will help increase security overall. Productivity might suffer in the short term, because you are implementing checks and balances, but it will suffer even more in the long term if you find yourself victim to security breaches.
Security is also important to customers, since they would not want to bring their business to companies that are lazy about security. Demonstrating security as central to work policy is encouraging and more likely to obtain and retain clients.
In the end, you cannot underestimate the importance of security. You do need to install updates and upgrade, where possible, given how things escalate – especially in the digital world everyone lives in. No longer can you simply lock important files up in a safe or vault. Now, it’s all online which makes it a target of smart hackers and others. Take precautions today and begin making your business as safe as it can be.